DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A murder mystery in DeKalb County has police stumped about who killed a loving father and friend to many. Timothy Hobbs died from gunshot wounds he suffered at the hands of the mysterious shooter in a breezeway of building G at the Highlands of East Atlanta Complex on Flat Shoals Road. He was 36.
A small memorial has been placed near the spot where he was shot in the lower extremities on the early morning hours of June 11.
“I just remember hearing gunshots. I woke up out of my bed to gunshots and I remember him scream, help, help, help me help me. We tried to keep him alert until the ambulance got here and we heard he passed away shortly after,” said Patrice Kirk, who lives in the apartment nearest the scene.
She said there was little she and her boyfriend could do to save Hobbs. DeKalb County Police said he died at the hospital after being shot multiple times.
Rhonda McFee said she and Hobbs have a 7-year-old daughter together. She told FOX 5 News Hobbs had come over to her apartment in the building across the street from the building where he was shot, for his daughter’s birthday party. She said he took a different way home.
“I thought he was going that a way out towards the street down there. So, I guess he was meeting somebody down there, whatever and um, they shot him,” said McFee.
Hobbs' uncle, Keith Standifer held up the funeral pamphlet, while describing his nephew.
“He had fun, that's the main thing he had fun where ever he went, he made sure everybody else around him had fun,” said Keith Standifer.
He said Hobbs grew up in Monticello in Jasper County then moved to metro Atlanta as an adult.
Standifer, who lives in Covington, is a deputy with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office. He said as a peace officer he's stumped by his nephew's murder mystery.
“He didn't have any problems. So, there was no one that he faced that I knew of, no red flags. All we really want is somebody to come forward to bring information because we need closure,” said Standifer.
The DeKalb County Police Department told FOX 5 News this is a Crime Stoppers case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. There is a potential reward of $2,000 and tipsters can remain anonymous.